Aflatoun International – Child Social and Financial Education

PARTNER OF THE WEEK: PLAN INTERNATIONAL BRAZIL

Plan International is a non-governmental organisation of English origin, which was founded in 1937 with a mission to promote and protect the rights of children. Today, Plan International has evolved into a global organisation, which is active in 71 countries to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. Since 1997 it has been running more than 20 projects in Brazil, positively affecting 70 thousand children and adolescents.

For the past four years, Plan International Brazil has been implementing Aflatoun’s life skills and financial education as part of their Project Generation. This aims to empower girls, guarantee they stay in school and complete secondary education, with a big component of involving their families and community. The programme is given by Aflatoun-trained teachers both in the classroom (boys and girls) and in girls-only clubs.

Around 600 girls meet for club activities, developing new skills and gaining confidence in their collective ideas against violence, inequalities and public policies that are hindering their development and future. The saving clubs serve as a platform for social and financial projects that will favour the school and their community. The activities of saving and reusing are noticed outside the walls of the clubs as families and friends have already seen the results in their electric power and water bills.